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Reporter again asks Trump about blaming 'Kung flu' virus on China

March 18, 2020 / 1.2K views

Washington Press Corps reporters have been asking the president for two days if he believes calling the coronavirus the "China flu" is acceptable because it allegedly is dangerously offensive to Asia-Americans -- even those who are not of Chinese descent, presumably.

And for two days, the president has patiently explained that no, he doesn't believe the term is racist or inflammatory because in fact, that is where COVID-19 originated.

But on Wednesday, PBS NewsHour reporter Yamiche Alcindor claimed in a press conference at the White House that she heard someone in the administration called the coronavirus the "Kung flu."

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“And…my second question is there are some, at least one White House official who used the term ‘kung flu’ referring to the fact that this virus started in China. Is that acceptable? Is it wrong? Are you worried that, that having this virus be talked about as a Chinese virus that, that…”

“I wonder who said. Do you know who said that?” the president asked.

“I’m not sure of the person’s name. But would you condemn the fact of 'kung flu?'" Alcindor pressed.

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